We’ve been busy. I won’t go so far as to say we’ve been working hard, because we subscribe to the notion that when you’ve found what you love to do you never have to work! But, we have been very busy doing what we love – teaching technology to travelers. Read more about the Escapade Rally.
Calendar: Coming up in October
Oct 10: Android Phone presentation to the Glendora Seniors Computer Club. We will be using Google+ Hangout to present this California session while we’re in South Carolina!
Did you know we have a Geeks on Tour Google+ page? If you’re on Google+, check it out and give us a +1. Then you will be notified when we have a hangout. Hangouts are a cool way to see and hear each other as well as share our computer screens. It’s a high-tech meeting room you can use anytime, anywhere. On our last hangout we met Rolland Lawrenz. Rolland has been following Geeks on Tour for quite some time and loves the idea of traveling and teaching at the same time. He teaches iPads / iPhones and such by scheduling ‘Ask Away’ sessions at local (Seattle) Starbucks. hmmm – what a cool idea.
The Q&A Forums on the Geeks on Tour website are a great place to discuss the topics we cover. This is where we answer our members’ questions. Anyone can read the forums, you need to be a member to post. Here are some topics of interest:
Yes! We’re doing it again. Phil and Tracey from TechnoRV and Jim and Chris from Geeks on Tour are teaming up to deliver the most learning, the best food, and the most fun of any RV rally you can imagine. Watch the video of the first TechnoGeek Learning Rally to see what I mean!
You will learn about cameras, computers, smartphones and more at this week-long event in Bushnell, Florida December 2-8. See the Rally Page for all the details.
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Must-Have Smartphone Apps
We have two Apps we want to tell you about.
Ever turn your phone to silent, then forget to turn it back on?The Silent Mode Timer is for you.
And, if you’re an RVer with a Passport America membership, you’ll love the App that helps you find all the participating parks.
RVer’s Favorite Destinations Plotted on a Map at FMCA Convention
For the last several FMCA conventions, Jim has provided computer support for an interactive session named RV Destinations. People attending the sessions share their favorite destinations from their RV travels, and Jim finds those destinations using Google Earth. Now you can have the results!
The article will also teach you how you can make your own maps.
Use Gmail for One In-Box, Multiple Addresses and Devices
Here’s the question: Can you look at your email inbox on your phone, your computer, and your iPad/tablet and be seeing the same thing? Can you delete an email while using your phone, and it will be gone when you look at email on your computer?
If you answer ‘Yes’, then all is well. If not, then you’ve got some work to do. It’s called device independence. Your email experience should be the same regardless of what device you’re using – phone, computer, or tablet. It can be done and it should be done. There are many ways to do it, we think the easiest is by using Gmail for your inbox. Yes, that means you have an email that ends in @gmail.com, but it doesn’t mean you have to use that address. You just need to use the Gmail software for your aggregate or universal inbox. This article will tell you how.
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If I’ve missed a call from you this month it’s because we’ve just finished a month’s worth of presenting seminars where you need to turn your phone to silent. I dutifully press the buttons on my phone so it will only vibrate and not ring. Then I forget to ever turn it back on!
Hey! There’s an App for that. On my Droid Razr, I’ve downloaded a free App called SilenceModeTimer. Now,when I turn my phone to silence mode, I get a pop up window prompting me to tell it when to turn sound back on.
On an iPhone, you’re not allowed to program system functions like phone ringing, so I don’t know of an app that can do this without jailbreaking your phone. If you do know of a way to accomplish this on an iPhone, please leave a comment.
If you travel by RV more than just a few weeks a year, a Passport America membership is a must. With Half-Price discounts at hundreds of RV parks, the $44 annual fee is quickly justified. And the Passport America smartphone App makes it oh-so-easy to find those parks, even while you’re on the road.
Just view the state map of where you are, and you will see a little icon of every Passport America Park in the State. Click on an icon and you’ll see the details, phone number, website, directions, cost, etc. Like what you see, just touch ‘Get Directions’ and Google Navigation will take over from there if you’re using an Android Smartphone. The app is available on Android and iOS phones and tablets.